How to Love Washing Dishes, Part I

“The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ~ Agatha Christie 

Submerge wrist deep in hot fluffy bubbles, lose yourself in the circular wiping rhythm, gaze into the mindlessness out the window. Simple ingredients for “dishwashing meditation.” Hot water and a window above the sink. Doesn’t matter what’s on the other side of the window. The less, the better.

Washing dishes allows a momentary stillness that most people don’t purposefully allow themselves. It’s difficult to multi-task with sopping wet hands full of breakables. The mind can wander aimlessly or completely empty itself of worries. At the end of it all, there is a deep sense of accomplishment and certainly not “time wasted.” An empty counter where once there was mess; a full basket of sparkling clean; and one final swipe of the countertops to prepare the open spaces for more creation. What more could you hope for in a chore?

photo via Pink of Perfection

A moment of quiet just for you, warmth, and the finished product of restoring a kitchen to all its glory. Go ahead, offer to wash the next sinkful. Indulge yourself.